50 Years Of Alhambra by Van Cleef & Arpels

Inspired by the shape of a four-leafed clover, Van Cleef & Arpels created the first Alhambra sautoir in 1968, a jewel now known worldwide which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary


  • Princess Grace of Monaco

    Princess Grace of Monaco

From September 24th 2018 to January 5th 2019  Van Cleef & Arpels, the famous Parisian jewelry company, dedicates an exhibition to its Alhambra chain at the heart of its shop located at 20 place Vendôme for its 50th anniversary. A wonderful journey around the iconic four-leafed clover, a symbol of elegance and femininity since 1968 and a distinctive sign of the Maison’s unmistakable and timeless style.

  • The new exceptional model in yellow gold with lapis lazuli and diamonds

    The new exceptional model in yellow gold with lapis lazuli and diamonds

  • The rock crystal one

    The rock crystal one

  • Bracelet with rock crystal

    Bracelet with rock crystal

  • Bracelet in yellow gold with lapis lazuli and diamonds

    Bracelet in yellow gold with lapis lazuli and diamonds

Vast imagery reminiscent of faraway places and bewitching colors. Yellow gold, malachite, lapis lazuli, onyx, coral, tiger’s eye, turquoise, white and grey mother-of-pearl, cornelian, diamonds, blue agate, rock crystal are the materials that over the years have embellished the Alhambra sautoir. A splendid creation that perfectly match with the elegance of the women who have worn this jewelry through the years, among them: Françoise Hardy, a French singer from the Seventies, Romy Schneider, the exceptional actress and Princess Grace of Monaco.
While the Company name is synonymous of quality and elegance, the Alhambra collection stands out for its incredible ability to call to mind pleasant images, colors and the fragrances of nature. Like the memory of a pleasant stroll in the garden at the Arpels home where Jaques, Estelle Arprels’ grandson, picked and offered fresh clover to some of his collaborators together with the English poem “Don’t Quit”. An encouraging invitation to never ever lose hope.

  •  The Princess of Monaco at a poetry reading in Edinburgh, 1979

    The Princess of Monaco at a poetry reading in Edinburgh, 1979

  • Romy Schneider in the movie Le Mouton Enragé

    Romy Schneider in the movie Le Mouton Enragé

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